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>>> 24 this morning on "meet the press," mitt romney needs a game changer. is the first presidential debate it? >>> his back now against the wall, romney is behind in all of our background polls. the candidate presses for a rebound. >> we do not want four more years of where we've been. i represent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic
on our own two feet is exactly what governor romney is conveying. >> do you think president obama has not said to a group of donors, look, there are certain segments in the electorate that are not going to vote for me? why not see it as political analysis? >> i don't think that's what the president said or ever said. what he's done is govern for all of the people. the president has, you know, he's advanced policy that is are not popular with his base. he did them because he thought they were important for the future of this country. it's the leadership we need. >> let's talk about the issues, the 47% get to. the question of government dependence as you referenced, here are snapshots nationally that raised eyebrows and governor romney talked about. you talk about food stamps. 47 million americans on food stamps up from four years ago. here is a broader picture from the wall street journal over time, if you go back to the early '80s and look at the trajectory, 49% receiving some kind of government benefit. is government dependent at a place where it's out of control? >> well, david, i t
cruz. today we begin with debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared debaters and he predicts few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are down playing expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be f
, education and how to fix american schools. our interviews with the president and governor romney here tonight. >>> the replacement. the call that had football fans across the country howling at the nfl to bring back the professional referees. >>> and tighten up. how little space could you live in? some folks in san francisco are about to find out. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening and tonight we're in midtown manhattan, high above the new york city public library, which for the past few days has been the headquarters of education nation, our annual summit on education where today we heard from both president obama and mitt romney, a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear them both out on one issue in the same day, something they say should be a big national priority. both men crisscrossed new york today, both made news during their travels. romney in what he told us, and his visit with bill clinton and president obama who stepped before the united nations general assembly talked about the recent violence against americans and explained a few things about our country to a g
just happened hours before in cairo. >> reporter: mitt romney says it raises questions to how the first statements could be so wrong. >> there was a great deal of confusion about that from the very beginning on the part of the administration. and whether that was something they were trying to paper over, or whether it was instead just confusion to give an uncertain intelligence report, time will tell. >> reporter: intelligence officials tonight say they offered their honest assessment at the time, and warned that the information was preliminary. republicans note that even the democrat whose chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, john kerry, wants more answers, co-signing a bipartisan letter asking for more details. but he told nbc's andrea mitchell that it should not be a partisan issue. >> the republicans are working overtime to try to exploit a very normal, run of the course, administrative letter that we agreed to on a bipartisan basis in our committee, simply to get some additional questions put in front of the state department. >> reporter: republicans also question ho
nbc news wall street journal marist poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. they are neck in neck in nevada and carolina. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: ten miles from the pentagon in springfield, virginia, mitt romney spoke to veterans blaming president obama for the agreement with republicans to slash defense spending if there's no budget deal by january 1st. >> and the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion dollars over this decade is unthinkable and devastating. >> reporter: romney's polls in this battleground state look potentially devastating. he's trailing by 3 to 7 p ers percent. romney backers like dave milne are worried. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> reporter: more romney the businessman suggests soccer mom monica camera. >> he needs to bring up the economy. >> reporter: president obama was in virginia pushing an elitist image of romney in a tv ad to run here putting faces on the 47% of americans romney says he sees as dependent on government. >> i see hard working virginians, i see students tryi
, but the pse bows a ruling soon. >> today, republican presidential nominee mitt romney campaign in the battleground state of colorado. his advisers say he is debuting a new strategy this week, drawing a sharper contrast between himself and president obama. sally kidd is in washington with our commitment 2012 coverage. >> mitt romney has opened up an attack against the president, won the white house is calling desperate and offensive. campaigning in colorado, mitt romney blasted president obama for referring to the recent turmoil in the middle east as bombs in the road. the president made a comment on may 9. >> these are not bombs in the road. these are human lives. -- these are not bumps in the road. >> there is a certain rather desperate attempt to grasp at words and phrases here to find political a vantage. >> both campaigns are out with new ads, the run the ad accusing the president of not being tough on china. the obama camp released its first ad targeting romney's comments about 47% of americans who don't pay income taxes. >> may be romney should come clean on his taxes ins
metv. >> new polls are out as the president and mitt romney gear up for their first debate. >> the orioles did some good news as far as their postseason. wet weather so, we all set? i've got two tickets to paradise! pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember? whoooa whooaa whooo! you know ronny, folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? happier than eddie money running a travel agency. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >> both candidates are in preparation mode as new polls show the president and mitt romney are locked in a very close contest. >> mitt romney is holding a rally in denver tonight, which is playing host to the debate about 48 hours. with the clock ticking towards their first face-off at the university of denver, both candidates are hunkering down. president obama in vegas. >> governor romney is a good debater. i am just ok. >> mitt romney releasing this op
romney blasted president obama for pending tax cuts. it would be triggered if lawmakers can't agree on a deficit-reduction program. >> a strange proposal in the first place. even stranger is being put in place. secretary nicolson indicated, the impact will be immediate and significant. >> romney cited lost of 130,000 jobs in virginia. >> my opponent has a plan. there's one thing missing from it -- arithmetic. >> the president portrayed romney as out of touch with the middle class. >> my opponent thinks it's fair for someone who makes $20 million a year, like him, pays a lower rate than a cop or a teacher who makes $50,000. >> both campaigns are out with new ads. romney is targeting working class voters. >> obama wages war on coal while we lose jobs to tie. >> obama shows veterans and working-class americans the secret comments robbie made about 47% of americans. absentee voting is already underway in virginia. early voting began today in iowa and it is already under way and some other key swing states. >> passengers of a united airlines flight use the belts to hold out another passe
for the republican challenger. ron allen has more. >> reporter: good evening to you, savannah, mitt romney just wrapped up an event here, the third of the day. he has really been trying to pick up the pace, spending more time here in ohio than any other state. at every campaign stop, mitt romney has hit the same theme. i care about you. >> these are tough times, even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: as new polls show ohio slipping away. romney down by ten points in a new poll out this morning, and nearly that in another recent poll. after that video of romney talking badly about the 47% who pay no income tax. today, from romney, more compassion in a new minute-long tv ad. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: romney's problem is historic, nobody has won the white house without winning ohio, romney sounded optimistic today in an interview with nbc news. >> can you win ohio? >> i'm going to wi
that president obama has expanded his lead over mitt romney in three key swing states, including a higher. ohio's an electoral votes are critical to winning the white house. and both campaigns are targeting the buckeye state this week. rallying voters and flooding the airwaves with ads. >> my policies will make things better for them. >> he attacked millions of hard- working people. >> president obama worked hard to fire a young voters of bowling green state university where he slammed mitt romney on china. >> when you see these ads he is running, talking about china, it is like the fox saying "we need a more secure chicken coops." >> talk is cheap. you can be extraordinarily eloquent and describe all the wonderful things you can do. when you cut through the words, you can look at the record. >> a new poll shows the president is leading romney 53% to 43% in a via. >> the president leaves and 10 points in know i a. that is time to ring the alarm bells. you already see the end fighting in all i/o. >> the president is also leading in other swing states. the romney camp says its internal polling sh
refs on the field. >>> candidate clash, president obama and mitt romney nearly clash as they cross key battleground states. >>> and under the sea. google takes its virtual street >>> and under the sea. google takes its virtual street view to incredible new depths. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with game on. late last night the nfl reached a tentative deal with its referees and that ended this season's lockout. anger over the use of replacement refs spilled over after monday night's contest between the green bay packers and seattle seahawks. the fill in refs awarded a game-winning touchdown to seattle though many felt the packers had made an interception. well, two days of marathon labor negotiations followed. the refs still have to vote on the deal, but commissioner roger goodell has lifted the lockout just in time for tonight's match-up between the cleveland browns and baltimore ravens. nbc's fred roggin will have full details coming up in sports. >>> first president obama and presidential candidate mitt ro
believe there is still time and space to do so. >> reporter: mitt romney was in new york saying not enough good jobs in muslim nations leads to radicalism. he promised aid to promote private industry. >> nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of america's own economy. >> reporter: it's the u.s. economy that president obama wants seen as his main focus. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news at the united nations in new york. >>> new poll numbers show trouble for mitt romney in key battleground states. the washington post poll finds president obama leading romney by 8 points in ohio, that's among likely voters. in another swing state, florida, romney is only trailing by four points among likely voters but there is a nine point gap among all registered voters. in both states the president has a double digit advantage among women. in florida 53% of men back romney. >>> now here's a look at some other news making news early in america. in hawaii powerful waves created an incredible scene. the tea
be a burden on the state. >> president obama and mitt romney are getting some practice before going head-to-head on wednesday in the first presidential debate. hallie jackson has more. good morning. >> both candidates are taking these few days to lower expectations. they're talking up the other guy. >> governor romney is a good debater. i'm just ok. >> and so it continues, setting expectations. >> i think people should expect mitt romney will come in very prepared. >> president obama is a gifted speaker. >> paul ryan downplayed how much this debate may mean to the campaign. >> the campaign has not had a good two weeks. it changes on wednesday night. >> both sides are promising a substantive look on at once the night. a night that will focus on domestic policy. >> we will say where we are as a country and where we need to go. >> john mccain cautioned don't expect any major breakthroughs. >> the candidates are well scripted. >> who is the alpha dog? that is what we want to see. >> mitt romney is holding a rally in denver tonight. president obama is practicing in nevada today and tomorrow a
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and it romney is shared the stage with a foe to promote his economic plan. >> recent polling shows the president has the edge when it comes to foreign policy and it romney is working hard to change that. addressing the united nations -- >> a crude and disgusting video -- >> president obama called the violence that left a u.s. ambassador and three other americans dead and attack on america. >> there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. >> while the speech was liver before foreign leaders, it was also aimed at american voters. >> the fear for obama politically is that america sees him as weak, which is why he gives more of a hard line, firm stance at the united nations today. >> met romney addressed the clinton global initiative, unveiling a new approach to foreign aid that target barriers to investment and trade in developing nations. >> in exchange for removing barriers and opening markets to u.s. investment and trade, developing nations will receive u.s. assistance packages. >> he joked about sharing the stage with a political
weekend before president obama and mitt romney meet in denver for the first presidential debate. the economy is seen as a central issue of the economy. tara mergener has more on the story. >> good morning. lots of anticipation on this first presidential debate. just five days now until that first presidential debate. it is one of the last chances for them to sway the undecided voters. as the clock ticks down to election day, the presidential hopefuls are running at a furious pace -- >> thank you, thank you. >> and getting ready for the first debate, where the economy will be front and center, as it was on thursday in springfield, virginia, where mitt romney pounced. the commerce department lowered its latest estimate of economic growth. >> china is growing much faster than we. russia is growing faster than we. our economy needs to be reinvigorated. we cannot afford four more years like the last four years. >> in virginia beach, president obama pledged to create more jobs and to get the economy moving again in his next term. >> the truth is it will take a few more years to solve
mitt romney, 34%. but it looks like there is more bad news for mitt romney in the state of ohio. steve? >> no republican has ever won the white house -- 9, ever -- without winning the state of ohio. mitt romney trailed by less than one point in ohio earlier this month. in the latest ohio poll, romney trails by 10. he is wrapping up his bus tour of ohio, a blue-collar state that is a must win for mitt romney. >> there is dignity and honor in good, hard work. >> but ohio may be moving out of reach for romney. even with the help of the ohio native jack nicklaus who says he has laid off workers from his golf business. >> we cannot afford four more years like the last four years. >> romney cannot afford more polls like today. after he was caught on tape disparagingly 47% of americans who pay no income tax, who, he said a " feel like victims," romney is trailing president obama by 12% and pennsylvania, nine points in florida, 10 in ohio. >> i have been across this country. my heart aches for the people i have seen. >> in his new ad, running looks right at -- running looks right at voters. >>
the state that swung into president obama's column. >> it could be up for grabs. >> met romney's event in the suburbs south of here was relatively low key. some of its supporters say they want more passion. 10 miles from the pentagon in springfield, va., mitt romney spoke to veterans, blaming president obama for the agreement to slash defense spending if there's no budget deal by january 1. >> the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion dollars over this decade is unthinkable. and devastating. >> from the's polls look potentially devastating. he's trailing by between 3% and 7%. his backers are worried. >> he needs more fire in the belly. >> more romney the businessman suggest this soccer mom. >> it's all about the economy. >> president obama was in virginia pushing an elitist image of romney in a tv ad run here, putting faces on the 47% of americans romney says he sees as dependent on government. >> i see hard-working virginians. i see students trying to work their way through college. >> that president said students who typically pay no income tax, like soldiers. i see a
caldwell. 41 days to go before voters head to the polls. in the battleground state of ohio, mitt romney suggests he is the one with a plan to turn the economy around. but new optimism could help energize president obama. hallie jackson has this "201 commitment 2012" report. >> a new poll shows president obama with the double-digit lead over mitt romney in ohio. mitt romney's bus tour makes its final stop today in a key state . >> ohioans, you have a huge say so in this. >> fewer americans are working today -- >> there flooding the state with ads that showed that romney is better for the economy. >> it is a repeat of what he said four years ago. >> it may be a tough sell in a state where unemployment is lower than the national average, and where many like the president's bailout of the auto industry. consumer confidence is at its highest level in six months. >> they act like somehow in september 2008, all of a sudden recession fell from the sky. whoa, how did this happen? >> after a day spent talking foreign policy in new york, the president will shift gears in ohio. the campaign is not
for the white house. we're a few days away from the first debate between barack obama and mitt romney. both candidates are looking for a tense face-to-face showdown and we get the latest -- latest from brian mooar. >> after going to church, mitt romney hunkered down for the first dress rehearsal of the presidential debate. it's an important opportunity to reboot his campaign and reintroduce himself to the american people. >> i think debates matter psychologically to the country and are the most viewed single event in the campaign and i think it's always a burden on the challenger, it isn't about romney but about the challenger. >> and about both campaigns looking for a knockout punch. >> come thursday morning the narrative of this race will change. >> the narrative now is president obama has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states and romney is trying to get back on message. >> we've had some missteps but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear, and we're giving people a very clear choice. >> president obama headed to nevada to polish his performance before the big showd
to is the best chance mitt romney has to turn his poles around. -- polls around. >> mitt romney will be side by side with president obama. 60 million americans could to an end. -- tune in. they're setting up for the debates in denver, one of mitt romney's biggest backers. >> every time he has been challenged, he has come forward with an outstanding performance. >> mitt romney trails and every battleground state. >> he's got to redefine himself as someone who cares about the average american. he has to show how his policies connect to that caring. he has to show how president obama's policies have not produced a better result than his policies. that is a lot to do in one debate. >> at a rally in nevada last night, president obama denied he is confident. >> governor romney is a good debater. i am just ok. but what i am most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> the candidates -- their campaigns are working harder. of volunteer for president obama. >> the congress he had to work with. >> she is in waterloo, iowa. >> we want to ma
ahead to next week's first presidential debate. will it be make or break for mitt romney? we've got our political dream team of brokaw, gregory and todd all here to weigh in this morning. >>> all right. and then on thursday you'll remember david goggins kicked off his "guinness world record" attempts to do most powellups in 24 hours. well, there's been a significant develop overnight, and we will talk to david about it coming up. >>> but we want to begin with that deadly shooting at a business in minneapolis. nbc's kevin tibbles is there. kevin, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, witnesses say the alleged 36-year-old shooter may have been fired from his job here at the accent sign company behind me yesterday morning. it turned an afternoon very tragic when he opened fire on fellow employees. by the time he was done, five were dead, including the shooter himself, who turned the gun on himself. a woman living near this sign company late thursday afternoon says one worker took shelter in her home for about 30 minutes. >> he came running up the side of the front, the garage and ask
. mitt romney says he will be spending less time raising campaign funds and more time with the voters. he said president obama has admitted he cannot change washington from the inside. >> 5:11. 53 degrees at the airport. are your kids heading off to college next year? >> walmart is offering discounts for eating fresh. >> we have an early-morning crash along reisterstown r >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. one problem all along reisterstown road. an accident. the j.f.x. looking good. 62 on southbound 83. problem free from the maryland line all the way down. watch for continued closures along monument street at wolfe street over towards patterson park. 60 miles per hour approaching 100 on 295 south. here's a quick, live look at traffic. to and from the tydings memorial bridge, we're checking out just fine. harbor tunnel traffic equally smooth. this is 295. southbound traffic is starting to build down towards the capital beltway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. now let's get the latest on the bus
mission for health. >>> this morning on "early today," politics and policy. mitt romney sharpens his foreign policy attacks as the president prepares to step onto the world stage. >>> celeste steel stunner. new images capture an awesome display of the northern lights. >>> and talk about find of a lifetime. an artwork purased at a thrift store fechs tens of thousands at an artwork purased at a thrift store fechs tens of thousands at auction. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with foreign affairs. president obama will take a brief diplomatic detour from his campaign front lines to address the simmering crises in iran, syria, and the broader muslim world before the united nations general assembly. nbc's steve handelsman reports from washington. >>> president obama headed to new york with critics assailing his priorities. he'll address the united nations but make another campaign appearance on "the view" instead of meeting one on one with world leaders. >> there are all kinds of things i want to do in the second t
the presidential election turns into high gear this week as mitt romney and president obama prepare to do battle. we'll have the latest on the campaign trail. that's still ahead. >>> and we're watching some scattered showers around the northeast while it's still dry here in maryland. we may see those showers as well. details in the forecast. >> welcome back to 11 news sunday morning. thank you very much for joining us. >> our top stories in a moment. first let's take a look outside with ava. >> after the chilly start to the day, now it's feeling a little better outdoors. that's what happens this time of year. such a difference between the morning and the afternoon you have to drink in layers. the dew point only at 50. so it's relatively dry out. right now calm winds. expect those to come out of the west. high temperatures today ranging from 70 to 74 degrees. that's not too bad. typical for a late september day. chance for scattered showers this afternoon and evening especially after 4 p.m. in baltimore. something to keep in mind. scattered being the key here. not everyone is going to see them. b
the hopefuls slugged it out as the candidates took a breather. both mitt romney and president obama released taped messages as they prepared for their first debate coming up in just three days. brian moore has the latest. >> days before the presidential debate, mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos in the middle east, he said these were merely bumps in the road. bumps in the road also describe something the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican president. >> look what president obama did on the budget. nothing. except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there yet
to the polls. both candidates to go to ohio. mitt romney said he is the plan to turn around the economy. hallie jackson joins us live. we're getting new information from polls show were both candidates stand in ohio? >> a new poll shows president obama ahead of mitt romney by double digits. they both will be campaigning in the same part of the state today. to theomney's bus tour final stop in a key state. republicans hope to have an opportunity to turn the tide to show romney is the better choice for the economy. >> he had no better idea. it was a repeat of what he said four years ago. >> it may be a tough sell where many workers like the president's bailout of the auto industry. democrats keep up their attack. >> they act like the recession fell from the sky. whoa. "how did this happen?" >> the president was shift gears -- the president will shift gears. we have been talking about other signs the economy is going in the right direction. housing prices are up in some of the biggest cities. >> president obama is pulling light in ohio. what about other states -- president obama is pulling ahead i
. every day for us. >>> let's move to politics now. president obama and mitt romney are fine-tuning their message to voters with the first presidential debate one week away. chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. no swing state has been harder for mitt romney to gain traction in than ohio. it's why he's got this bus trip this week, trying to get it back into play. the president is heading it there today to try to put the state away. it's why they are both there this morning. >> it is time to get the real refs, and you know what, it reminds me of president obama and the economy. if you can't get it right, it's time to get out. >> reporter: barnstorming through ohio, the republican ticket is hoping their bus tour will make up lost ground as more polls show mitt romney trailing president obama in this pivotal swing state. in dayton tuesday romney hammered mr. obama on taxes. >> one idea, i admit, one thing he did not do in his first four years which he said he'll do in the
'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s. military death toll in the war reached 2,000. we're going to get a live report, straight ahead. >>> also coming up,
politics. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today as romney looks to repair the damage from that 47% comment that was recorded at a fundraiser. peter alexander is with the romney camp in springfield this morning. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. when it comes to the battlegrounds, there are three, florida, ohio, and virginia, both mitt romney and the president held dueling events in ohio on wednesday. today, they are both here in virginia. another state where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to sh
around he notedly talks about winding down the war. mitt romney didn't even mention it in his convention speech. why does this not seem to be a major interest in a campaign? >> the stakes are so high, lester, as you know being on the ground there. i think there's a couple of reasons. from the republican point of view, they want distance from the bush presidency, particularly the bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petreas used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces c
affairs. both he and republican rival mitt romney speak at the clinton global initiative's annual meeting today in nearly back-to-back speeches. hot topics for both. the u.s. response to anti-american protests across the muslim world, and we'll have more on this coming up. >>> now let's head to wall street and cnbc's courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange. do tell us more about the global bacon shortage on the way because al is very concerned this morning. he can't function. >> reporter: as are a number of others. this could be very true. if you're a bacon lover, start hoarding it now. according to britain's national pig association, a worldwide shortage of pork and bacon next year is unavoidable. it's a result of the drought that hit much of the country this year which damaged the crops used to feed the pigs, so the group predicts that the number of slaughtered pigs could fall by 10% in the second half of next year, and that could cause prices to double in some areas. natalie? >> start stocking up now. courtney reagan, thanks. >>> what better way to show a little school spirit th
for that shooting. no update on the victim's condition. >> president obama and mitt romney are getting in some last- minute practice before they go head-to-head on wednesday night. hallie jackson joins us live with more on what the debate means for both sides. good morning. >> good morning. both candidates are working to lower expectations for themselves. they are talking up the other guy. momentum is shifting towards president obama in some key swing states. this could have a big impact on mitt romney. the debate focusing on domestic policy. mitt romney holds a rally tonight in denver. president obama is getting ready in nevada today and tomorrow and flies to colorado on wednesday. >> the vice presidential candidates have their own debate. >> we're seeing both candidates talking up the other guy. biden talks about how paul ryan is so good. paul ryan saying that biden is witty. you are seeing the same game being played as they go head-to- head next week in kentucky. >> interesting strategy. >> interesting but kind of transparent, stan. >> hallie jackson, thank you. >> 6;07. 50 degrees at the airpor
one of the roughest couple of weeks, mitt romney's campaign is focused on jump starting the defense and economic message with many republicans pressing him to sharpen his tone. looking to restore confidence in his campaign, a defiantly optimistic mitt romney rallied supporters under the lights in denver late sunday >> i need your help. we have got to stand together. we have got to work together. we're taking back america. we must keep this nation the hope of the earth. >> reporter: earlier romney refused to concede he's an underdog in a series of battleground states and accused the president of distorting his positions. >> i'm did not going to try to fool people into making people think things he doesn't. he's trying to fool people to make them believe i think things that i don't. >> reporter: privately romney and the president have been preparing for the debates, the first here in denver next week, but publicly the two campaigns are trying to lower expectations, even complimenting their opponent's debate skills. for his part on "60 minutes" president obama defended his record, whil
this issue through diplomacy and we believe there is still time and space to do so. >> met romney was in new york, saying not enough good jobs and muslim nations leads to radicalism. he promised aid to promote private industry. >> nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of america pause own economy. >> it is the economy president obama sees as his main focus. he broke with previous practice and sat in a just a few meetings before heading back to washington. >> coming up, a real blow tonight for a state delegate accused of using campaign money to pay for her wedding. >> the maryland high court is laying down a lot. >> maryland is looking to hire more school teachers. up >> new tonight at 5:30, just one month into the new school year, maryland is a chip -- is facing the other teacher shortage. a staffing report out today, state school officials say they need more educators to teach in what they call a critical shortage areas. >> that includes everything from math to world languages. what's
are making their pitches to voters in the battleground state. mitt romney is making a serious push as polls show the republican nominee trails president obama there, this as the first debate is now just one week from today. iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad addresses the united nations general assembly today. on tuesday president obama told the assembly that tehran is running out of time to resolve its disputed nuclear program and vowed the u.s. will do what it must to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. in an interview with the associated press, ahmadinejad called for a new world order. meanwhile, here in new york city, public outrage this morning as the openly anti-israel ahmadinejad addresses the u.n. on this yom kippur, the holiest day on the jewish calendar. >>> it was a bad call, but they are sticking to it, so says the nfl, uniholding that controversial call by replacement referees that gave the seattle seahawks a victory monday night against green bay. the league did acknowledge tuesday that refs should have called an offensive pass interference penalty on seattle's fi
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